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Ingela Ihrman – Miss Brunnsviken

11 May 2023-1 October 2023

Carl Eldhs Ateljémuseum is pleased to present the artist Ingela Ihrman, internationally recognized for her large-scale sculptures and unconventional, humorous works. In the exhibition Miss Brunnsviken we are presented to a collection of queens, or at least traces of them, in an exploration with ideas about beauty and the body. In Ihrman’s art, the supposedly beautiful is often put against something violent, disgusting or upsetting.

– The title is a way of naming the beauty that hits me in the face every time I visit Carl Eldh Studio Museum. I wanted to explore what it is like to stare at something beautiful – what happens to the viewer and the one being watched? says Ingela Ihrman.

In conjunction with the exhibition, a catalog will be published with in-depth conversations between the artist and curator Caroline Malmström, followed by an artist talk on Thursday June 1st, when the poet Marie Silkeberg will also participate. During the late summer, Ingela Ihrman returns to treat visitors to the performance piece Ett fikon on Thursday, August 24th.

The exhibition is curated by Joanna Nordin and Caroline Malmström.

The Carl Eldh Studio Museum would like to thank the Swedish Arts Council and the City of Stockholm for their invaluable support to the arts, as well as Pontus Bonnier, The Barbro Osher Pro Suecia Foundation and Anne-Marie Lembcke – The ad infinitum foundation for their generous donations to the museum and the exhibition.


About the artist

Ingela Ihrman (b. 1985 in Kalmar) is based in Malmö. During the winter and spring of 2023 she was a residency artist at Iaspis Konstnärsnämnden and worked in a studio on Maria Skolgata in Stockholm. With a disarming humor and playfulness, Ingela Ihrman’s art has for the past decade responded to a need to think about questions concerning the future of humanity on earth. Through the work of the hand and the presence of time-consuming techniques, new meaning is created from often recycled and everyday materials.

Ingela Ihrman represented Sweden in the Nordic Pavilion at the Venice Biennale in 2019. In 2023, she is also presenting the solo exhibition Nocturne at Gasworks in London and will open a retrospective at Malmö Konsthall in September.

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